Biosafety Officer

Massachusetts, United States
06 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

BIOSAFETY OFFICER, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Office-Biosafety Program, to join the team working to ensure the safe and responsible conduct of biological research at MIT. Will provide leadership and technical expertise in the area of biological safety to the research and campus communities; participate in an active and robust Biosafety Program involving strong, collaborative interactions with faculty, researchers, postdocs, students, Occupational Health group at MIT Medical, and the MIT community; assist with resolving complex issues; facilitate the Biological Research Registration program; conduct biosafety training and laboratory inspections; provide guidance on laboratory design and renovation projects; work with stakeholders to provide comprehensive oversight of a wide range of biological research; and serve as a biosafety subject matter expert on a multidisciplinary team of safety professionals.  May develop and manage programs within EHS. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  undergraduate degree in microbiology, biology, virology or related area; at least four years’ experience; ability to develop strong working relationships with faculty conducting a range of biological research; ability to develop practical advice that serves overall objectives in as safe a manner as is practical; strong oral and written communication skills; ability to produce creative solutions to unusual problems; self-motivation; detail orientation; and ability work effectively with people at all levels and in all Institute constituencies.  Graduate degree in microbiology, biology, virology or related area and experience in laboratory or animal research would be an advantage. Working knowledge of NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (2016) and the CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 5th edition preferred. Teaching experience or other example of effective communication of technical topics desirable.  Job #16692-P

Will participate in on-call rotational system providing routine and off-hours support when necessary to resolve emergency EHS issues and serve as specialist to emergency response groups.  


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.